A confidential questionnaire was mailed to all trainers and trainees on the UCL/North London rotation (n=127), asking about the content and ways of improving supervision.
Seventy-six per cent of trainees received regular, timetabled supervision. Ninety-four per cent of trainees felt it was a good idea, but identified improvements, including more planning, setting an agenda and flexibility. There were differences between reports from trainers and trainees regarding the content of supervision. Respondents' comments are included.
Although supervision is popular and widely practised, this survey suggests that it is still not universally practised despite College stipulations. The content of supervision could be broadened to include more non-clinical matters such as teaching and careers guidance.
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